The Bertagnolli affidavit
In July 2007, he went to St. Moritz to see Ferrari, who provided him with EPO, to be injected intravenously. Bertolini, Chicchi, Gasparotto and Pellizotti were with him in St. Moritz. Bertagnolli also recalls seeing Vinokourov and a group of other cyclists with Ferrari in Livigno, 2006.
Bertagnolli started taking EPO in toms shoes 2003, as advised by doctor Manelli, but in a very amateuristic way: Ferrari showed him how to use the product properly, in order not to test positive.
A lot of Bertagnolli’s Liquigas colleagues also went to Ferrari: he names Pellizotti, Chicchi, Gasparotto. and Kreuziger. He recalls seeing Popovych and Bileka at Ferrari’s house and also mentions Morris Possoni.
In 2007 Bertagnolli started with blood transfusions. Ferrari told him which refrigerator to buy to store his blood in the best way (at the right temperature). He stored his blood in plastic bags. He affirms he did not transfuse blood prior to working with Ferrari, and it scared him a lot.
In 2008 Liquigas forbid its riders to work with Ferrari, so Bertagnolli only perform toms shoes ed a single transfusion. In 2009 he did “some”, in 2010 the transfusions were three.
Bertagnolli met Ferrari at the end of 2010. Ferrari told him to “throw away all evidence”, because he knew of the ongoing Popovych investigation. Ferrari told him to consider using polypropylene blood bags or “flebi di vetro” (an object in glass used for transfusions).
August 27, 2010: in an intercepted conversation in Ferrari’s mobile camper, Ferrari and Bertagnolli talk about a number of riders and doping practices:
Bertagnolli says “everybody is going a little slower”; Ferrari says it’s because the riders don’t take EPO anymore
Bertagnolli says “Pozzovivo hurts us on the climbs”; Ferrari says it’s because he weighs about 50 kg; Bertagnolli answers he never ever saw him do things like that, “he’s all muscles”
Ferrari says some riders are using AICAR, but the product can be detected and it has to be imported
Bertagnolli says the product comes from Slovenia; he names Grega Bole and Spilak as possible users, and also Chiarini
Ferrari thinks it’s madness to use AICAR because the molecule is easily detectable
(some less important parts and an interruption in the registration)
Bertagnolli thinks “for Scarponi it’s important to see how the Petacchi case will pan out”
Ferrari responds Petacchi is in trouble although Bernucci took all of the blame
Bertagnolli thinks it’s incredible some riders still go to Manelli (the first doping doctor Be toms shoes rtagnolli himself consulted): Astarloa, Bernucci, Celestino and Honchar were some of his clients, and they all tested positive
Ferrari asserts the Mapei Lab is a joke and the tests there don’t prove anything
Retacrit is another detectable EPO molecule; Maccanti and Biondo have been found positive for NESP after using Retacrit and thus, Ferrari thinks it’s a molecule for “suicidal fools”; he wonders why the testers don’t always detect it
Another conversa toms shoes tion, September 28, 2010 (due to technical problems the Italian police only recorded the first 30 minutes of the conversation):